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Surprise Six: Friday camp recap

3/11/2011

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It was an eventful day. Here are six things you should know from Friday at spring training:

1. Chuck Greenberg is out. The former CEO has left the organization and Nolan Ryan takes over as CEO. The bottom line: Greenberg and the management team had a different philosophy. Here are some of my thoughts on the whole thing. Also, the official club release.

2. GM Jon Daniels said it won't impact his baseball operations team. Ryan has grown to trust Daniels' leadership, as shown by the extension and even Greenberg's departure, which makes sure that Daniels works without interference from management.

3. Players vowed that the altered management structure won't impact them on the field. And Nolan Ryan felt that even though he adds the title of CEO that his role won't change much. He said he's not a micromanager and plans to let the people he has in place do their jobs. Matt Mosley reads a goodbye letter to Greenberg.

4. Colby Lewis was pleased with his curve ball and happy with his overall performance on Friday. He thinks he's just about ready to go for the season. Also in that same link: Ian Kinsler keeps hitting the ball well and Michael Kirkman threw four solid innings.

5. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was on the minds of Rangers' personnel on Friday. Daniels said the Japanese players and scouts in camp checked with their families and they are OK. Lewis, who played in Japan, also talked about the disaster. "I'm definitely sad for the people," Lewis said. "It's tragic. I've been in that part of the country. I was talking to one of our Japanese scouts and he said he was trying to get in touch with his wife. So I know it's tough situation. It's a terrible deal."

6. The club held an intrasquad game Friday morning to get some pitchers some work. Check out the details here.